After the incredible success of his first series of prints of the stops (stations) along theTokaido Highway, Hiroshige followed with another series in the late 1830s. In the new set a comic verse, or Kyoka accompanied each print.
Fujikawa was the primary stop for pilgrims on their way to pray at Mt. Minobu. It was famous for its spectacular views of Mt. Fuji and the Pacific Ocean. Here, Hiroshige chose a bitterly cold winter’s eve to show the highway and village.